The Messenger by Jens Galschiøt

The Messenger - 2000

"The Messenger" is a 5-meter-high bronze sculpture created by Galschiøt and it was inaugurated at Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen in February, in the year 2000.

The sculpture was presented as an impassioned plea for the global Jubilee 2000 campaign, advocating the cancellation of the hopeless debts burdening the world's poorest nations.

This sculpture serves as both a monument and a symbol of a Messenger from the South –a representation of an archetypal woman with a Masai-like stature, draped in a cloak and bearing a staff. She is positioned atop a cylinder adorned with engravings reminiscent of ancient cave paintings.

Two digital displays illustrate the movement of money from North to South and vice versa. Contrary to common perception, the dominant direction is the flow from South to North: for every dollar sent from North to South, 12 dollars are directed in the reverse direction. This information is derived from World Bank data.




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Galschiøts work


The Messenger